Turning digital geology into art




 19 – 31 August 2019

Testing Grounds

1 City Road, Southbank VIC


You can find me on site at the following times:

Wednesday 21 August 11am-6pm
Friday 23 August 11am-6pm
Saturday 24 August 11am – 6pm
Wednesday 28 August 6pm-8pm
Friday 30 August 11am-6pm
Saturday 31 August 11am-6pm


This month I am Artist in Residence for the exhibition, ‘Turning digital geology into art’. Work developed during the residency will respond to 3.5 million years of geologic data unearthed by global engineering and consulting firm, Golder.

“Golder has been engaged by Development Victoria to undertake geotechnical investigations and assess the Testing Grounds site for future development.”

“Golder’s experts have adopted the latest digital engineering tools to develop 3D models to present the geology of the site – and then turned them into art to showcase how the fascinating geology of Melbourne’s arts precinct evolved over the last 3.5 million years.   

The main model has been 3D-printed to be featured in the exhibition along with geological core samples, multimedia and other pieces providing geological information about the site.

As part of the exhibition, Golder has commissioned local artist and fashion designer Tarryn Handcock to create an installation in the space, and throughout the site, demonstrating how geological data can be interpreted and applied to other fields of knowledge.”

“With a fashion practice that explores dress at an urban scale, she will be populating the site with soft rocks, faux minerals, precious dust, and plastiglomerate propositions for the new geological age”

“Landscape architect Luella Exton is also responding to the data with collage and two-dimensional works.”

Source: Testing Grounds Upcoming Calendar



Turning Digital Geology into Art

Topos III

Artificial Geology


Testing Grounds website


Test Sites Workshop


 11 – 14 June 2019

Testing Grounds



As part of a residency at Testing Grounds, Melbourne, I am developing new work exploring dress at a civic scale and dressing practices for urban public space. This project responds to the fireside as a central dressing site.

Testing Grounds is fully open to the public and you are welcome to come by and see all the artists at work this week.

Thank you to Testing Grounds and City of Melbourne for your support through the Test Sites workshop program.

“Test Sites gives artists the opportunity to explore and experiment with creative ideas for temporary projects within the public realm. The program focuses on areas of interest in the city to engage artists in a civic dialogue in response to a specific site brief.”


Tarryn Handcock, dressing site: fireside.



Charcoal + Rain


Artificial Geology



Testing Grounds website

Test Sites information

Situation Brunswick

RMIT University’s School of Fashion and Textiles is proud to present

 Situation Brunswick

A live fashion event featuring a selection of work by Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) 3rd year students, led by Dr Tarryn Handcock and Dr Tassia Joannides.


Event Details: 

Thursday 13 June 2019, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056

Getting there:
Take the 19 tram to the corner of Dawson St, or the Upfield train to Jewell station


Situation Brunswick is a presentation of site-responsive fashion design collections that highlight relationships between fashion, identity and Brunswick. Inhabiting and studying the area on foot, these designers celebrate vibrancy and flux in Brunswick; the one-night program of fashion presentations includes innovative garments, unique installations, and live performances that respond to the culture and environment of the area.

Event attendees are encouraged to follow in the designers’ footsteps by using a map of key sites around Brunswick. By taking to the streets, we can all experience and appreciate fashion and the urban environment in a different way!

We acknowledge the People of Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we live, work and learn.


6.00-8.00pm Lily Turnbull-Jones, Betty Britton
6.00pm Adam Kassar, Yongbin Zhang
6.20pm Seung-Youb Jun, Lachlan Koren
6.30pm Leanne Choi, Jasmine Alanna Failla
6.40pm Isabella Markos, Fotini Kazakeou
6.50-8:00pm Jonathan Avery
7.10pm William Sullivan
7.20pm Tinezia Mecca, Hoang Do
7.30pm Jenna Zhang, Yuxi Liu
7.40pm Peter Ly, Antonia Delac
7.50pm Oscar Keene

This event is supported by RMIT University, Moreland City Council, Siteworks, and the Masters Institute of Creative Education.



The digital catalogue with details about each featured designers’ work and a self-guided walking tour of Brunswick can be accessed here.


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Book Launch: The Exchange at Knowledge Market


Friday 7 June 2019, 6.30 – 7.30pm

at the RMIT Australia Architecture and Design Practice Research Symposium

RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Lecture Theatre, Level 3

Building 100, corner Swanston and Victoria Streets, Melbourne 


I am delighted to announce that the Urban Flâneur project led by Dr Tassia Joannides and Dr Tarryn Handcock has been featured in an 18-page spread in the new book, The Exchange at Knowledge Market, by Ross McLeod, Shanti Sumartojo, Charles Anderson, Natasha Sutila, and Sean Hogan.

There are beautiful photos by Tobias Titz of the work produced by our students through a fashion design studio responding to the culture and conditions of Victoria Harbour, Docklands, as well as our multi-site installations for Melbourne Fashion Week 2018. The book also includes extracts from our MFW catalogue essay, and a wonderful write up by Shanti Sumartojo about the project in two chapters, ‘Memory and Imagination’ and ‘Futurity’.



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All The Jewellery

What do you think of when I say the word ‘jewellery’?

Workshop led by Roseanne Bartley: 3 April 2019, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Exhibition: 29 January – 4 May 2019

RMIT Design Hub

Rooms 1 + 2 
Level 2, Building 100, RMIT University
Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets
Carlton, VIC


‘All the jewellery’ is an exhibition that exists in a relationship with Lisa Walker’s retrospective at RMIT Design Hub Gallery. This exhibition of workshops tackles key questions about contemporary jewellery. It brings together a community of jewellers, gallerists and collectors and those in the professions that support jewellery-making into a weekly conversation. Each week a different question will be publicly debated and the structure of the workshops will take multiple forms: a discussion, a masterclass, a performance, a seance, for example. 

‘All the jewellery’ is an expansive equivalent of Lisa’s show in the number of participants and in the vast terrain of ideas and perspectives we intend to uncover over the period of both exhibitions that have questions at their core. Each workshop will be represented as a film within the exhibition, forming an archive of the current discourse around contemporary jewellery. 

What do you think of when I say the word ‘jewellery’? is a workshop led by Roseanne Bartley as a part of the All the jewellery exhibition at RMIT Design Hub Gallery.

It features artists and designers including:
Tarryn Handcock
Ceri Hann
Tassia Joannides
Scott Mitchell
Peta Murray
Tiffany Parbs
Lynda Roberts
Renee Ugazio
Anna Varendorff

Free, all materials provided. Bookings recommended as places limited.
Please note that all workshops are filmed.


All workshops for this exhibition are held 12:30 – 1:30pm on Wednesdays.
Free, all are welcome.


All The Jewellery

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Melbourne Fashion Week

URBAN FLÂNEUR: Fashion Reimagines the City

Opening Event: 4 September 2018, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition: 5-17 September 2018

Knowledge Market

Shop 8 -10, 892 Bourke Street, Docklands VIC


As part of Melbourne Fashion Week, The Exchange at Knowledge Market is proud to present Urban Flâneur: Fashion Reimagines the City. A live fashion event and exhibition curated by Dr Tarryn Handcock and Dr Tassia Joannides, featuring work by a selection of RMIT University Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) 3rd year students.


Urban Flâneur: Fashion Reimagines the City is an exhibition of site-responsive fashion design that highlights relationships between fashion and flâneurie in urban memory and imagination; by walking the city and studying its inhabitants, the designers celebrate the vibrancy and flux of this area and its community.

The exhibition documents a live fashion event that responds to the culture and environment of Victoria Harbour, Docklands. Runway footage is accompanied by fashion photography, a selection of innovative garments, unique soundscapes, and images of the places that inspired the work. Exhibition attendees are encouraged to follow in these designers’ footsteps using a map of key sites around Victoria Harbour and instructions for a dérive. By becoming flâneurs, we can all experience and appreciate the city in a different way.


The exhibition is showing at Knowledge Market & Aperture, Docklands Australia, from 5th – 17th  September 2018.


From 31 August to 7 September, Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) takes over the city with over 150 events celebrating Melbourne’s world-renowned fashion scene. The week kicks off with a huge opening weekend, which features Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, then continues with runways featuring the country’s top labels, workshops, talks, parties, exhibitions, films, and free fashion experiences all week long.


The Exchange at Knowledge Market is an innovative research project space curated by RMIT University in collaboration with Lendlease. Embedded within the Victoria Harbour precinct of Docklands, researchers are exploring the concept of community and new ways of understanding the shared urban environment through a series of workshops, exhibitions, forums and community events.

This project is supported by a capability development fund grant from the RMIT Design and Creative Practice ECP.




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National Science Week


15 August 2018, 6-10pm

524 Flinders Event Space

524 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC


Wearables, transplantables, cognitive enhancement, robot assistants, genetic engineering and nanotechnology. In this speculative story telling event, how will you define what is human, and decide what is dead or alive?

Hear about new modes of communication, sports and transport which may be available to future humans. Augment yourself using the latest in AR technology, dance off with artificial intelligence, and experience new visual phenomena only perceivable using virtual reality.

Check out future artefacts and prototypes while grabbing a drink at the psibar.

Speak with experts to invent your own stories, ponder our place in an increasingly automated world, and discover how we could feed the planet’s ever increasing human population.

Will we enter a new age of sustainability and loving connection with the natural world while grappling with climate change? Dig in the soil and listen to the rivers to glimpse possible neosustainable and naturophilic communities of tomorrow.

Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Humans 2.0 invites audiences to imagine beyond Frankenstein’s monster to what it will mean to be human in the next century.

Humans 2.0 is presented by the Victorian Coordinating Committee for National Science Week and The Royal Society of Victoria, and supported by Phoria.

This is a free event, but registration is essential.


Tarryn Handcock’s Prosthetics will be shown publicly for the first time as a part of this exhibition.






Slow Fashion Studio exhibition

SLOW FASHION STUDIO: alternative approaches to fashion

21 July – 9 September 2017

RMIT Gallery

344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC


RMIT University invites you to the opening of two exhibitions – Slow Fashion Studio: alternative approaches to fashion and Fast Fashion: The dark side of fashion.

Curated by Dr. Claudia Banz, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg in collaboration with DBU Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and the Goethe-Institut, the international exhibition, Fast Fashion, unveils a dark side of the industry and examines issues of mass consumerism and environmental impact.

Curated by Dr. Jenny Underwood, Slow Fashion Studio responds to these themes and showcases work from a selection of creative researchers and practitioners who propose alternative approaches to design and fashion.

The exhibitions are showing at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, from 21 July – 9 September 2017.


Tarryn Handcock’s The Dust Project will be shown publicly for the first time as a part of this exhibition.



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The Dust Project